As composer, critic, teacher and musical activist, Vladas Jakubėnas (1904–76) was one of the major cultural figures in pre-World War Two Lithuania, before his post-War exile in the USA. As a student of Schreker in Berlin in 1928–32, he initially wrote in a Neoclassical style – as most of the works on this CD attest – and was nicknamed 'the Lithuanian Hindemith’. Back home, he began to compose in a late-Romantic, gently modernist idiom, tinged with the influence of Lithuanian folk-music.
Vilnius String Quartet, string quartet Kasparas Uinskas, piano Rusnė Mataitytė, violin Edmundas Kulikauskas, cello Albina Šikšniūtė, piano St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, chamber orchestra Donatas Katkus, conductor
Catalogue No: TOCC0013EAN/UPC: 5060113440136Release Date: 01.10.2012Composer: Vladas Jakubėnas Artists: Kasparas Uinskas, Rusnė Mataityė, Vilnius String Quartet
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Two Pictures, Op. 2, for piano https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0013/TOCC0013t03.mp3
Prelude and Triple Fugue in D minor for string orchestra https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0013/TOCC0013t07.mp3
Luke Pratt :
Beautiful music, well performed and recorded. I very much look forward to the upcoming release of Jakubenas choral works.
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